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Sunshine and cats

April 20, 2020
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It feels like we are now reaching the calmer waters on the other side. The frantic activity to get Chrysalis running virtually is paying off: our support groups are back up and running and our one-to-one counselling is now starting to support not only current clients but also to take people off the waiting list. Time perhaps to enjoy the sunshine, admire the resurgence of wildlife and start planning something nice for the future.

Crow on the grass in Andi's garden
It’s odd what people have in their gardens isn’t it? No prize for guessing but
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d&i Leaders conference, welcome

Safe spaces and safe bases

March 3, 2020
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At the d&i Leaders conference on Thursday I was introduced to the concept of “When in Rome; Embassy; Advocate” principles of how companies work in places where there is limited LGBT+ acceptance, or indeed where being your authentic self is a crime.

Inclusion is good for business, it’s good for society and it’s good for LGBT+ people. Slide from @HughMilward from @Microsoft

Previously I’ve been speaking with various Universities about creating self selected LGBT+ flats within their student accommodation and the discussion came up again at our most recent Chrysalis training.

But why do we need safe bases?

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People seated, watching trainer and looking at presentation


February 24, 2020
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Today I’d like to tell you two stories of people who would never know what an impact they had had on my life had not the streams of time brought us back together after over 20 years. The first a punk who came and sat down with a group of metallers in the park and showed us that it was OK to cross barriers, that it was OK to be different and that we had more in common than we thought. The second a person in a crowd at a gig who offered to put me on his shoulders, a common enough happenstance at that band’s

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